Luxury Designer’s pop-up at Nolita Social, Knightsbridge

Our Luxury Designer pop-up on Friday 18 September from 11-5pm brings together our edit of the best up-and-coming designers in fashion, jewellery and accessories.

Nolita Social, the super-chic lounge and bar situated at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge has been a favourite location of ours, opposite Harrods, 

As this will be the first day of London Fashion Week, we are selecting the best luxury designers and creating a mini boutique in the heart of Knightsbridge.

This one day exclusive shopping experience offers our guests a day of socialising, networking, lunching and shopping!

Limited spaces to attend and meet our luxury designers who will be offering special discounts for one day only.

3 tips for brand collaborations

As events organisers, we create dinners parties, drinks soirees and themed parties for our Luxe Club guests to network, socialise and connect.

For our Mayfair Networking drinks evening on Thursday 13th February at the exclusive Isabel in the heart of Mayfair, we were looking for a drinks sponsor to collaborate with.

We discovered Laplandia vodka via social media, a super premium vodka in a beautifully designed bottled with a 24k gold design.

Laplandia Super Premium vodka

Our 3 tips for collaborating with other brands are:

1. Connect with the team behind the brand

When we met with the London team behind the Laplandia vodka brand, we felt there was a great connection and it was immediate to see shared values, largely that the embodied the luxury brand they were representing.

2. Long term partnerships

We are very focused on building long term relationships with brands, and communicated this to Laplandia vodka.

As we are well connected in Mayfair, working with many luxury venues to organise events, we want to introduce our brands to our these venues as well as our guests who attend our events.

3. Social media marketing

We are very focused on social media marketing when promoting our events.

When collaborating with brands, it’s important to promote these brands alongside our marketing for the event, and tag the brand.

It creates a buzz around the collaboration in advance of the event and raises awareness of the brand to your network and followers.

Mayfair Networking drinks at Isabel

Should you like to discuss any collaborations with The Luxe Club, please email salima@theluxeclub.uk

3 tips for branding

When planning a product launch for our client, branding was required to be clearly visible throughout the event.

Here are our key tips for branding your product or service:

1. Flower walls

When guests walk into events they enjoy having their photograph taken against a beautiful backdrop.

Although media boards are great when you have sponsors wanting to showcase their logos, a flower wall increases the chances of that photo being shared on social media.

With your logo visible on the flowerwall, this is an excellent way to reach to more potential customers.

The Luxe Club: Event Planners
Launch of The Hapi Company

2. Goody bags

When planning events, sometimes goody bags are often overlooked until the last few days when there is often a panic for putting these together.

Our guests love receiving goody bags! And if the branding is done correctly, the company will benefit hugely from customers sharing images carrying the bag.

We ensured our professional photographer at the event took photos of the guests carrying the goody bags which we shared on social media, tagging the guests.

Goody bags for The Hapi Company launch

3. Branded food

At a champagne and canapés event for our client recently , we suggested mini cupcakes with their branding.

The chef at the hotel created these (pictured below) which looked absolutely beautiful and tasted great too!

Again, a professional photographer would capture this better than photos taken on phones but either way, exposure on social media can lead to a bigger reach for your brand.

The Luxe Club: Event planners
Branded cupcakes

The 3 branding ideas brought life to the event, generated multiple photo opportunities for guests and these images could be shared by all, creating more buzz after the event.

We would be delighted to assist you with planning a small or large event so do reach out and let us create something perfect for your brand.

Email Salima Manji at The Luxe Club for a free consultation. She would love to hear from you.

2020: A wealth of opportunities

We at The Luxe Club are very excited to welcome 2020, a new year as well as a new decade.

Over the Christmas break, we consolidated our business of luxury events to form a social club for our network to connect and socialise in Mayfair and Knightsbridge.

Only a few days into launching The Luxe Club and we’ve received requests to collaborate and grow with other like-minded luxury brands.

There is a wealth of opportunities available in the luxury market for all brands but we think the key to success is providing a service or product that is required by the market.

And we’re excited.

Social media is a tool we use every day. If we are not posting about what our business is doing, we are commenting and liking our friends and colleagues posts. It’s free to do and a small encouraging like or word on someone’s post could lead to a door opening for them or you.

Networking events are plentiful in London. We use eventbrite to search and schedule at least one a week. There really is no excuse. And we arrive early to events, talk to a few guests and say hello to the host before leaving. We are never the last to leave! It can get tiring.

Business cards are carried by us always. It’s not a case of handing them out and receiving others without action. Follow up is essential. Always remember that there are opportunities that present us daily and without action they are missed.

A wealth of opportunities are waiting for all of us and we wish you a successful year ahead! We hope to welcome you to one of our luxury events soon!

Do get in touch to discuss any collaborations as our network is over 1,400 members who are mainly UK based and high net worth.

3 networking tips learnt in 2019

Every day there’s a networking event or two taking place around London.

If I’m not hosting my own event, I’m attending other company’s events.

Networking is important to grow our connections.

After you’ve accepted an invite to attend a networking event, here are my top 3 tips to ensure you get the results you desire.

1. Introduce yourself to the host

Treat the networking event as you would a friend’s party.

Say hello to the host and introduce yourself, your company and thank them for hosting the event. No-one wants a sales pitch immediately on introduction! It’s off putting.

The host may then be kind enough to introduce you to nearby guests or you may politely excuse yourself and start to network.

2. Video and photos for Social media

It’s important to support the event you are attending and an effective (and free) way is to take videos and photos of the event.

An image or video is worth a thousand words!

And Instagram or linked is a great place to to share these, again tagging the event organisers and certain key people you met and would be interested in pursuing as good connections.

These posts may be shared by others and reach a far wider audience than just your network and shows you support and appreciate attending that event.

Doors may also open for other invitations to such events.

3. Follow up

All business cards picked up at the event should be followed up.

Email is the most professional way but more often these days, Whatsapp is an informal yet effective way to connect following an event.

A coffee should be arranged in the diary shortly after to seize the opportunities to discuss what was touched on when you initially met.

As we come to the end of the year, most of our networking events should be ending.

Take time to recharge, relax and reflect on the year passed and I hope we can connect in 2020, either at my networking events or the many others taking place every day.

Happy Christmas and wishing you all a prosperous New Year.

Best wishes,

Salima Manji

How I tripled my income: 3 tips for success

I’ve been in the events industry for over 11 years. It’s been an exciting rollercoaster of very high highs and lows to bring me to where I am today.

So where am I today? I’m able to focus on only a couple of events per month which brings me more income than 4-5 events I was hosting up until a year ago.

And fewer events have generated more income.

It’s allowed me to spend more time with loved ones, travel more and lead a happier life.

How has this all been possible? I want to share with you my 3 tips which have contributed to my success:

Limiting time on social media

I’ve always enjoyed posting on social media and sharing my life with my followers.

But I used to spend too many hours scrolling through others accounts and felt my time was being wasted.

So I limited my time to one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening to respond to private messages and comments.

Interaction with followers is important but shouldn’t be consuming your precious time.

Professional photography

I invested in the services of a professional photographer who’s remit was to enhance my personal brand which stands for luxury and style.

Shot at five star hotels around Mayfair and Knightsbridge was in keeping with where I host my events.

Friendly, approachable images of me were needed to reflect my personality as potential clients would then feel comfortable that the person behind the brand was in alignment with the luxury events the corporate brand organises.

The comments from my followers on the new images, the new followers I gained and the more enquiries for work I received following these new images vastly contributed to my tripling of income this year.

Collaborations

I’ve always worked in small teams to organise events and shied away from collaborations with other event organisers to produce bigger and more profitable events.

Once I realised this was not serving me well, I decided to try a collaboration with a trustee company for a themed party a few months ago.

The company opened my eyes to their methods of working. In particular, how to negotiate welcome drinks with potential sponsors so they see a benefit working with you will enhance and promote their brand.

The collaboration was a success, both financially and personally as I learnt so much.

I look forward to another joint event with the same company in 2020!

Working smarter is essentially the key to my success. I hope you’ve found my insights useful and I look forward to welcoming you to a networking or social event soon.

Wishing you a successful day.

All my best,

Salima Manji

Founder of Luxe Lunches

Website for Luxe Lunches

My first job after graduation: 3 things I learnt

What seems like a lifetime away when I graduated from Queen Mary University London, in Business Economics, it was a recession in the UK.

We were advised by our tutors and careers advisors to further our education as it would be really difficult to secure the Banking job I wished for.

So I was lucky to be offered a place at Price Waterhouse Coopers and I embarked on a three year professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

Once qualified, I was blessed to start my Banking career at a prestigious investment bank.

The three things I learnt soon after starting my “dream” career was:

Time management

Accountancy firms have timesheets which you must complete weekly and be accountable for your time.

Essentially whichever client you are working on is billed for the time you spent preparing their accounts.

This made me aware of time management and to this day, as an entrepreneur, the 24 hours in the day I don’t waste. En route to clients, I’m multi tasking.

I figure out the quickest way to get to a client so minimising time spent travelling. This quickest way (taxi or Uber) May be more expensive but if arrive quickly I have more time to work on other clients or more downtime to spend with family.

Personal appearance

Early on in my career I noticed how Senior management seemed to exude an air of confidence in their manner.

Initially I though this was due to their years of experience compared to myself. But I soon realised that although they had more experience than me, their outward appearance certainly contributed to the look of success and the way the clients treated them.

As an entrepreneur, who works from home, I still make it a necessity to dress professionally and whether my meeting is in a coffee shop or a five star hotel, I’m polished and smart at all times.

Working smart

There are often a few ways to achieve an outcome. Working in Banking where my time was accountable taught me to worker smarter. What does this actually mean though? To me it was not to find shortcuts which would look unprofessional to my seniors.

We have many apps which can make our jobs easier from WhatsApp groups to discuss ideas and make plans to social media like Instagram which allows us to direct message potential clients/customers instead of writing letters and posting.

Using the technology available helps me as an entrepreneur complete multiple tasks in a fraction of the time it could take.

I hope my insights have proved useful to you. I look forward to welcoming you to one of my networking lunches or drinks soon.

Why Mayfair?

When selecting a location for our networking evenings, some may ask: “Why Mayfair?”

A moments walk from Green Park station, Mayfair is not only central but home to many exclusive bars, restaurants and exclusive Private Members Clubs.

Morton’s Club, situated on Berkeley Square in Mayfair between the Bentley and Porsche car showrooms is a Private Members Club and where we love to invite our network to socialise and network after work.

This Wednesday 15 May from 19.00 we will be bringing together a select group of professionals from Finance and Property to Fashion and Jewellery.

We have also booked a table in the wonderful restaurant at Morton’s for those who enjoy networking over great food.

Only a limited number of spaces are available before we finalised the guest list. Do RSVP using the link if you would like to join us this Wednesday from 19.00 in Mayfair!

RSVP

Luxe Lunches | Connecting ladies over champagne, naturally

We all need to network. To make new connections which may lead to new business.

But more often than not, with so many networking opportunities taking place in every city around the world, and limited by time, we are being selective.

When we were looking for female only networking events in chic venues in Mayfair, we struggled a little.

It was at this point Luxe Lunches was born: to connect ladies together over a Champagne lunch every month in Mayfair. And we’ve been inundated by ladies wanting to join us, so much so that our first lunch in September is nearly full.

So we are now looking ahead to October and will share with you details very soon.

In the meantime, if you’d like to take the last couple of spaces, do book here Luxe Lunches

Wishing you all a successful week of selective networking. Cheers!

The Power of Social Media | 3 tips to increase your online presence

We have all heard of the powers of social media and as much as we may fight it, its better to embrace it.

Our meetings with new designers wanting to showcase their collections at our pop-ups all start with “what’s you Instagram account name (or “handle”)

We look at the number of followers they have, their content, their engagement.

Occasionally though, we come across new brands who’ve not yet set up their Instagram account. And this is a missed opportunity. To reach out to potential customers, stylists, press, buyers and market your brand to them.

So here’s our top 3 tips for increasing your online presence if you’re a new fashion, jewellery or accessories designer:

1. Content

Post images of your collection daily using professional images.

It’s worth hiring a photographer for a day and selecting a location that represents your brand. If it’s luxury, then consider a five star hotel lobby or suite. Or a Private Members Club.

We absolutely love Home House Private Members Club in Central London for its spectacular interiors and of course their staircase.

2. Hashtags

Use relevant #hashtags which act as search words and increases the visibility of your posts.

We often search for “luxury” or “designers” and discover brands which would be hard to find if they had not used hashtags in their post.

3. Location

Always tag your location in the post as often people search city’s “London” or be specific in your search such as “Mayfair”.

Wishing you all a successful day and do follow us on Instagram, FB or Twitter!

@luxurydesignersclub